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ABOUT MIDNIGHT RAVER

Launched in 2011 by Jah Raver, MIDNIGHT RAVER is your place for serious reggae biz on the web. One of the most popular and credible websites about reggae, MIDNIGHT RAVER promotes reggae music and artists. With more than 10,000 weekly visitors, MIDNIGHT RAVER is one of the most significant platforms on the web for reggae artists. When Raver talks, the reggae massive listen. Jah Raver is respected as a writer, critic and commentator. He is often featured on the most prominent reggae websites in the world including World-A-Reggae, Large Up, Inity Weekly, and Island Stage. Visit our Wikipedia page to learn more about Midnight Raver.

Raver reviews only those reggae releases he finds original, substantive and worthwhile. RAVER REVIEWS is the gold standard for reggae album reviews on the web.  A record reviewed by Raver is like money in the bank for an artist because readers have come to expect only an honest and forthright review based on the quality of the music, not the popularity of the artist.

MR has been featured in The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Jamaica Observer, Billboard Magazine, Investors Business Daily, JamaicansMusic, PeterTosh.com, BobMarley.com, Pitchfork, Virgin Islands News Online, Diply.com, Slate.com, Ebony.com and other websites and publications of note. The website is also sourced in author Paul Sullivan’s book ReMixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora (2013).



“Many thanks to the folks at MIDNIGHT RAVER for all their efforts to both catalogue and contextualize the vast array of Bob Marley and Reggae media online. A great resource for casual and super-fans alike… One Love!”  – Zach Weinberg, Tuff Gong Worldwide


“I like the MIDNIGHT RAVER website principally for the quality of information I can find there. This information is usually imparted in a way that combines the necessary enthusiasm with a measure of objectivity – particularly noticeable in the many interviews and career surveys. It definitely ranks high on my reggae bookmark list.”  – Steve Barrow, Author, Record Label Chief (Blood & Fire)


“MIDNIGHT RAVER is a magnificent site featuring loads of information on artists who made reggae music great…” – Ray Hurford, SMALL AXE


“MIDNIGHT RAVER is my primary source for comprehensive and quality information on reggae music and the reggae music industry as a whole. I’ve always been particularly impressed by their emphasis on substance rather than hype.”Carlton “Tetrack” Hines, Singer/Songwriter


“MIDNIGHT RAVER is a beloved treasury and archive of Jamaica’s reggae music, serving the world daily with articles, photos and videos of past and present reggae history – often exclusive to these pages. Nowhere else can I find the kind of in-depth information I get at MIDNIGHT RAVER.” – Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah, Jamaican author and filmmaker


“I man love the fact that Midnight Raver continues to build a platform for all reggae artists who choose to keep reggae music positive.  They also have ’nuff credibility within the reggae community most of all great I-spect for the artists.” – Count Ossie, Jr., Mystic Revelation of Rastafari


“MIDNIGHT RAVER is the most satisfying way to get news about quality reggae—old and new, prominent and obscure—in the world these days. It also acts as a portal, featuring content from such notables as Dermot Hussey, Roger Steffens and Doug Wendt, with links to others. With an incredible archive of music and video, MIDNIGHT RAVER goes deep!” – Randall Grass, General Manager, Shanachie Entertainment


“Raver deadly with him words!” – Bob Andy, Singer/Songwriter

 Harrison Stafford from Groundation shouts MIDNIGHT RAVER at a recent appearance in France

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  1. James Vogel says:

    Support Squidly In Tampa At Skipperssmokehouse.com mArch 30th

    1. Doug Potoksky says:

      HI, Just found a story on the internet about Zion Initiation band from Boston in the seventies. Link to you. I played lead guitar with Zion for about 4 or 5 months.They where a amazing band!!! Stopped playing with them after they had a bad accident.Driving back from a show in Cambridge Mass.Have some good stories if you want to contact me.

      1. midnightraverblog says:

        Absolutely…Hit me at midnightraverblog@gmail.com

  2. exodusbrand says:

    Awesome blog!!!!! Thanks for sharing the love of Bob

  3. I often thought about starting a blog that brought the most core of Marley-ites together. I don’t need to now that I have found this site. You absolutely are doing a great job! JAH bless for sharing these rare recordings and interviews. Keep up the good work!

    1. marleyrkives says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned. Big things on the way.

  4. Harry Stuut says:

    Thanks for sharing it with us…….i’am a fan from the mid 70’s and alway’s will be
    Hoping to see and here many more new stuff, there is a rumour that the Lyceum concerts are not only taped but also filmed??
    Greetz from Holland

    1. marleyrkives says:

      yes also the Rainbow ’77 shows have been filmed. Some of this footage is included in the new documentary. I have confirmed though that the Marley estate will be releasing no new material in 2012-2013. This stuff WILL see light eventually.

  5. Harry Stuut says:

    That is real good news, but it’s time also…tto long we as fans had too wait on new things from Bob Marley & the Wailers from who i hear for the first time in late 1975……No Woman no cry was the hit at the club in my town in Holland, and since that day i feld for the music and the message.
    Now almost everyday looking on the web for new things.

    I knew about the filming at the Lyceum because in had found a book at school with an review of the concert’s and they wrote that there was also a team from the television……and now almost 20 later i have the confirm.

    I hope it will be in the theatre in the Netherlands.

    Thanks again

  6. Malik says:

    Love the site.I began buying “bootlegs” in the early 90’s for 50-100 bucks a cd.They were all import cd’s. I was young,no kids,in love with reggae.I spent everything on “her”.Burning Spear,Steel Pulse,
    Israel Vibrations,Ziggy,Toots,The Melodians, & others used to come to New Orleans pretty regularly.Tipatina’s would be jam packed,herb everywhere,people having a good time.But I was born too late for Bob.I have an older cousin who saw him here at the Warehouse.He said they wet the carpet in the building during the show so that the smokers wouldn’t start a fire.I remember him crying when Bob died.Anyway,I’m glad this music is surfacing.With the message of peace,love & positivity, I’ve always wondered why this music gets no radio play.No concerts on BET or VH1.They force us underground.Oh well.Keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll keep supporting. Thanks 1

    1. marleyrkives says:

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the post brother. Keep posted. I will be sharing the Warehouse show soon. One Heart.

  7. david budd says:

    I’d love to know the password for downloading these shows… 🙂

  8. DJ Jonathan E. aka Jackdaw says:

    Hello, again, Midnight Raver,

    I left a comment about a couple of FLACs that I could not download, “The Wailers Rehearsal at Capitol Studios” or “Into The Matrix” and “Live at The Beacon Theatre in 1976”. Then, not expecting much to happen, I clicked the download link for the “Wailers Playing the Matrix, October 30, 1973” — actually my first night ever in San Francisco (as I drove around the US having just arrived from the UK where Bob Marley had barely penetrated my consciousness just several weeks earlier), but little did I know! and I missed the show — anyway, bingo! down (or upful) the music came. I think the problem is that in the link after the “.com/” it says “download/” instead of “direct/”. There ought to be a Rasta version of html, all these “downs” need to be replaced!!!

    Hope your life is irie and positive and this helps.

    1. marleyrkives says:

      working on it. this is definitely not “irie”. Dont mean to password protect anything.

  9. DJ Jonathan E. aka Jackdaw says:

    Fixed, many thanks. Know there’s many a slip ‘tween cup and lip doing this digi stuff. No worries.

  10. Jack says:

    I DO NOT SHARE OFFICIAL RECORDINGS.

    I WILL NEVER STEAL MONEY FROM THE POCKET OF AN ARTIST BY FREELY SHARING THEIR MUSIC ON THIS BLOG.

    You seem to be violating your own rules with those KAZO downloads, especially the non-Marley ones are filled with tracks legally available via a variety of labels, many of which are small and struggle to survive.

    1. marleyrkives says:

      I struggle with this and I appreciate your point. I am considering removing all a/b sides. However, there is a compelling argument that sharing these recordings in no way harms the artist or studio. I quote Kazo’s disclaimer: “A vinyl collector is first directed to … collect vinyl. When he buys a vinyl, he buys an object with a strong historical and sentimental content. There is the black disc, the artwork, the cover. It’s an object. He has got what he paid for. He has collected and he should be happy. What I’m doing is to circulate some binary data only. This data bears the music but it is the same than when I’m publishing a photograph of a museum art piece. You get the photo, you don’t get the piece. But, with the photo, you know what the piece is about, you see it. That is culture. With the music, it’s the same. You get the file, you can listen to the music but you don’t have the record. It is culture as well. Culture should be free.”

      You also must consider that many, if not most, of these vinyl selections are no longer pressed. Many of the labels existed for only a short period of time 30 years ago. These records are now usually sold from collector to collector. I don’t see how this has a detrimental effect on the artist/label.

      I understand your point, and I can identify with it. Like I said, I am considering removing, not for copyright reasons, but because I’m running out of space and I think the Marley BV is more appropriate to focus on.

    2. veg-ease says:

      When do you start considering promotion of music? I encourage people to share especially reggae because it doesn’t get radio time. I know Bob Marley cared more for his message than for personal gain!

      1. marleyrkives says:

        I too consider what I do here the promotion of these artists. The ones I have had the pleasure of speaking with love what I do and have no problem with very rare items being shared. I mean, I would never share the Lee Perry box set, but I will share a track or two just to turn readers on to his music.

  11. Tom says:

    While trying to figure out the lyrics for the Wailers song Jailhouse, I came across an expression: “dem peego a go lingua”.
    I’ve searched for it in patois dictionaries and found nothing. I’m assuming “peego” means “people”, but the “lingua” part has me stumped.
    I was wondering if you know what it means.

    1. marleyrkives says:

      “the rude girls are gonna’ talk” or “the rudies are gonna talk”

  12. veg-ease says:

    Peace and Love! I love your blog. Jah live!

  13. Harry Stuut says:

    Hi there…a question from Holland……there is an videoclip from Bob Marley’s openingsspeech at the Rainbow (saw it on Youtube) but cannot find it back…is it availble on youre Blog??
    Greetz

    1. marleyrkives says:

      No, the entire show from beginning to end has not been released.

      1. Harry says:

        Got IT!!…opening words and the start with Rebel music….You see Bob smiling during his Words about Rastafari touch the Hart! So true http://youtu.be/_aBfl6Oqo_0

        1. marleyrkives says:

          it’s blocked. Can u email a download link?

  14. CoachKlub says:

    Thanks for revealing these sad truths. A new show was just posted in SF, and like many I thought it would be chance to finally see them. Seeing what you describe here would have been an incredible let down.

  15. AFM says:

    Check out what’s coming:

  16. Momo says:

    Thank you so much for such great blog, amazing

  17. chu says:

    brilliant information here! thank you so much for sharing!!! one love.

  18. CHris Seremet says:

    This is a fantastic site!

  19. momo says:

    This blog is amazing, a true inspiration, Sir you are making history live again.
    I cannot thank you enough for your time and efforts to share with the rest of the world, the true message of peace and love
    one heart, one love ,one destiny

    On a side note, I was wondering if you posted something about :
    -UCLA 1979 show, the selt list and the show in Flac?
    -Ottawa 1979?

  20. matthewriter says:

    I’ve nominated you for an Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award. To play along, see: http://inspiredfreelancing.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/awesome-blog-content-abc-award/.

  21. Hi,

    I read you text about Nelson Mandela.

    Yesterday I recorded a tribute dub tune for him.

    I invite you to have a listen.

    https://m.soundcloud.com/victoria-moralez/the-echo-of-mandela

    My best
    Victoria

  22. Milton Noones says:

    It would be nice if this site had a forum to discuss events, releases, shows etc. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thats a great idea Milton! Let me look into it.

  23. Frank says:

    I really appreciate your efforts to preserve this important part of musical history and it’s a lot of fun to look (and hear) around. Depending on source quality mixcloud is enough, for better quality it’s worth to listen to it in the best way available.

    Is ist possible to re-upload the wicked Steel Pulse durch radio broadcast of 1983 somewhere again as the FLAC link doesn’t work?

      1. Frank says:

        Great, thanks a million!

  24. soundquake says:

    Hey guys we’re admiring your blog and we’re thinking about an affiliation with our radio? Would you be interested in trialing a 2hour ‘Midnight Raver Playlist’?

  25. newsrecordco says:

    Hey Midnight Raver, good articles. I work at Record and we’re currently looking for freelancers. I think you’d be a nice addition to our roster.

    We pay our freelancers 70% of the advertising profit that their articles generate. If you’re interested, send your info at http://www.newsrecord.co/opportunities. If you mention that I commented on this article, you’ll be accepted right away.

    Evan

  26. Dalton Narine says:

    Midnight Raver:
    Regarding 1981 Class magazine “The Legend of Bob Marley” NYC Sept. – Oct.,
    I’m the author of the Marley feature. How can I get a copy of the magazine, which went defunct years ago?
    Thank you for your consideration.

  27. Greetings, I am seeking a way to get in touch with your web manager for Alfonso from Rockers Movement (rockersmovement.com) if you can send us an email at info@rockersmovement.com would be greatly appreciated. One Love

  28. Ludlow says:

    Hey,
    Please tell Doug Wendt I just found his reggae radio hours from Midnight Dread from the late 70’s and 1980 on Mixcloud. Strictly Roots! They are the best archived audio the ENTIRE internet has to offer, Bar None. Please tell him thanks….

    1. I couldn’t agree more! That is why I begged him to join us here at Midnight Raver…

  29. Nelson Serieux says:

    Hi, my name is Nelson Serieux. I am a Reggae/Folk artist from St.Lucia. I just released a music video for my latest single..”Plastic Smile” and would love to air it on your blog. Below is the link to the video and all my info. Let me know if you need anything else

    Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peSxkMW5COU

    Nelson Serieux
    3475756048
    suprememiamibookings@gmail.com

    Social Media:
    Nelson Serieux : instagram
    twitter
    facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nelson-Serieux/271096262950495?ref=hl

  30. Ariel says:

    Hi there!

    Are you interested in new cool pop-reggae music?

    cheers,

    Ariel

  31. Abraham AMON says:

    Irie !
    Newsletter is out , or ???
    All of the best
    A.A.

  32. Chris says:

    Huge fan and big question: recently purchased and original press linval thompson Trojan press and there appears to be a hand written note from Jacob Miller enclosed – I want to get your thoughts / opinion – thanks man – huge fan again – cm

  33. bubbles says:

    Calvin “bubbles” Cameron ccompose,play.arrange and produce Lambs Bread Collie.

  34. Dr Bassie says:

    Greetings, want to share this historic upcoming release with you and your fans.
    Best Regards,

    Dr Bassie
    Fe True Records

    Fe true records is happy to debut, “Straight to Hell” by Horace Andy on the BBC this Sunday. Tune In to the Don’s crucial reggae hour. We will be releasing 250 vinyl copies of the tune shortly thereafter along with the mighty Big Youth and Eric Beaumont pon the 12 inch! Tune In Roots Lovers Worldwide

  35. Raver, big raspect for the work ! check this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g6qQKcWkIk short movie , a tribute to the legendary Joseph Hill !

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